I know you HATE nylons, but my boss requires female employees to wear them. Do you have a recommendation for a good pair of hose that are neither Grandma Millie nor Hooters waitress?
I Miss Bare Legs
When I do have to wear nylons, I like either Donna Karan’s sheer hose or Calvin Klein’s Ultra Sheer ones. Neither pair are very noticeable and seem to breathe well and wear well. I’ve also heard good things about Hanes’ Ultra Sheer Hose ($10). And at that price, if you shred a pair, you won’t feel the need to burst into tears, curse obscenities or both.
Do you have any recommendations for a pocket-sized wallet? I need my debit card and ID for walking around the Hill, but I hate carrying my huge billfold.
I like J.Crew’s magic wallet. It’s small enough to fit in your blazer pocket, your padfolio or discreetly in your hand. If you have a Blackberry or an iPhone, you can also buy a device case that makes room for a debit card, an ID, a spare key and a little bit of cash.
I have a problem with my mascara rubbing onto my eyelids during the day. Is there a fix for this? I’m tired of looking like a raccoon by the time I get to happy hour.
Raccoon eyes is definitely a problem that many women experience. Sufferers have two choices: you can switch to a long-wearing, rub proof mascara like Cover Girl Lash Blast 24-hour ($8), or you can employ my favorite trick. Through trial and error, I discovered that if I apply some translucent powder to my under eye area using a flat brush, not only does it set my concealer in place, it prevents my mascara from rubbing off. (I think the creamy texture of the concealer was pulling mascara from my lashes when I blinked, and applying the powder prevents that.)
On a related note, I tried the Lash Blast 24-hour mascara above and loved it. Well, at least until I tried to take it off. Cleansing cloths, olive oil and Clinique Eye-Makeup Solvent ($17) were all powerless to remove it. I have no patience for mascara that can’t be removed without a chisel and hammer.